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FOUNDATIONAL FORMATION TOPICS
FOR THE FORMATOR
WHAT IS FORMATION?
BASIC CATHOLIC DOCTRINE
ELEMENTS OF ECCLESIOLOGY AND THEOLOGY OF THE LAITY
THE FRANCISCAN FAMILY, A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
VOCATION – GOD’S CALL
OUR IDENTITY AS A SECULAR FRANCISCAN
THE NATURE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER
THE VOCATION, CHARISM AND MISSION OF SECULAR FRANCISCANS
FRANCISCAN MOVEMENT
THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER
JUSTICE, PEACE AND THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION
ST. FRANCIS AND HIS APPROACH TO DIVINITY
UNDERSTANDING FRANCISCAN THEOLOGY, TRADITION AND SPIRITUALITY
PROFESSION AND THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN
PENITENCE AND CONVERSION
FRATERNITY AND FRANCIS
FRANCIS AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
ST. CLARE OF ASSISI
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SFO AND ITS RULES
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FOUNDATIONAL FORMATION TOPICS

FOUNDATIONAL FORMATION TOPICS… (Page 5)

Forward from our Minister General
For the Formator
What is Formation

Orientation … (Page 5)

Basic Catholic Doctrine
Eccesiology of the Laity
Introduction to the Franciscan Family

Inquiry … (Page 5)

Vocation
Identity of a Secular Franciscan
Nature of the Secular Franciscan Order
Vocation, Charism and Mission in the Church
Franciscan Movement part 1 – Journey of Francis
Franciscan Movement part 2 – You own Journey

Candidacy … (Page 6)

The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order (3 sessions)
JPIC with synopsis of Catholic Social Teaching (2 sessions)
Francis and his approach to Divinity (2 sessions)
Franciscan Theology, Tradition and Spirituality (1 or 2 sessions)
Profession (2 sessions)
Penitence and Conversion
Fraternity
Francis and the Blessed Virgin Mry
St. Clare of Assisi
History of the Secular Franciscan Order and its Rules

INTRODUCTION … (Page 8)

Forward from the Minister General of the Secular Franciscan Order … (Page 8)
Introduction from the International Presidency of the SFO … (Page 9)
Conclusions of the XII General Chapter of the Secular Franciscan Order … (Page 10)

THE PRIORITIES OF THE GENERAL CHAPTER … (Page 11)

Formation … (Page 12)
The Presidency … (Page 13)

FORWARD TO THE U.S. VERSION … (Page 14)

From Our National Minister … (Page 14)

BRIEF HISTORY OF THIS FORMATION PROCESS … (Page 17)

TOWARD AN SFO RATIO … (Page 19)

 

FOR THE FORMATOR

FOR THE FORMATOR … (Page 3)

FOUNDATIONAL TOPICS FOR INITIAL FORMATION … (Page 3)

FOR UP TO NOW AND GUIDELINES FOR INITIAL FORMATION 1985 … (Page 4)

Formation Content Comparison … (Page 5)

PATHWAY TO PROFESSION … (Page 11)

Introduction … (Page 12)

First Contacts … (Page 12)
Faith Inventory … (Page 14)
Inquiry … (Page 15)
Rite of Admission … (Page 24)
Candidacy … (Page 24)
The Rite of Profession or Permanent Commitment … (Page 25)
The Rite of Temporary Commitment … (Page 25)

 

WHAT IS FORMATION?

INTRODUCTION … (Page 3)

I. IDENTITY, ROLE AND MISSION OF A FORMATOR … (Page 4)

Goal: … (Page 5)

Objectives: … (Page 5)

Identity, Role and Mission of the Formator … (Page 5)

1.1. Identity of the Formator … (Page 6)
1.2. Page Role of the Formator … (Page 6)
1.3. Page The Mission of the Formator … (Page 7)

II. STEPS OF FORMATION … (Page 7)

Goal: … (Page 7)

Objectives: … (Page 7)

Steps of Formation … (Page 7)

The Rule and Constitutions … (Page 8)
2.1. Period of Initiation … (Page 8)
2.2. Period of Formation (Also called Candidacy) … (Page)
2.3. Period of Temporary Commitment … (Page 10)
2.4. Rite of Profession or Permanent Commitment to the Rule … (Page 11)
2.5. The Newly Professed … (Page 11)
2.6. Ongoing Formation … (Page 12)

III. DISCERNMENT OF VOCATION … (Page 13)

Goal: … (Page 14)

Objectives: … (Page 14)

Discerning a Secular Franciscan Vocation … (Page 14)

Positive Signs … (Page 17)
Negative Signs or Cautions … (Page 17)

IV. METHODOLOGY AND TOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION … (Page 18)

Goal: … (Page 18)

Objectives: … (Page 18)

Methodology … (Page 18)

(1) Accepting the persons being formed … (Page 18)
(2) Relying on the positive atributes of each person … (Page 19)
(3) Involving those being formed in the process … (Page 19)
(4) Transmiting ideas and information to a group with varying levels of knowledge … (Page 20)

 

BASIC CATHOLIC DOCTRINE

Introduction … (Page 3)

Elements of Formation: … (Page 3)

Scripture: The Word of God in Human Words … (Page 4)

Trinity and Christology … (Page 8)

The Church … (Page 11)

Liturgy and Sacraments … (Page 14)

Mary … (Page 16)

Canon Law … (Page 21)

CONCLUSION … (Page 23)

 

ELEMENTS OF ECCLESIOLOGY AND THEOLOGY OF THE LAITY

ELEMENTS OF ECCLESIOLOGY … (Page 3)

I. THE CHURCH ACCORDING TO THE COUNCIL … (Page 4)

1. Origin and Goal of the Church … (Page 5)

a) The Church: Sacrament of Communion … (Page 64)
b) The Church: Sign of Trinitarian Communion … (Page 6)

2. The Mission of the Church … (Page 7)

II. IDENTITY OF THE LAYPERSON … (Page 8)

1. Secular character … (Page 8)

2. Lay people and the Mission of the Church … (Page 10)

a) “Being lay ” as a Specific Theological “Place” … (Page 10)
b) Competence of Lay People … (Page 10 of 14)

3. Lay People and Pastors in the Mission of the Church … (Page 11)

4. Lay Spirituality … (Page 12)

ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY … (Page 14)

 

THE FRANCISCAN FAMILY, A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION AND SUGGESTED FORMAT … (Page 3)

OPENING PRAYER (TWO SUGGESTED FRANCISCAN PRAYERS) … (Page 5)

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE FRANCISCAN MOVEMENT … (Page 7)

The First Order … (Page 7)
The Second Order … (Page 8)
The Third Order … (Page 8)

SOME FRANCISCAN SYMBOLS … (Page 9)

Tau … (Page 9)
San Damiano Cross … (Page 10)

Discussion of The Digests readings … (Page 11)

Closing Prayer … (Page 12)

Take-Home Materials … (Page 12)

 

VOCATION – GOD’S CALL

VOCATION – GOD’S CALL … (Page 4)

Called by God’s Love … (Page 4)

Called to Share in God’s Life … (Page 5)

Love Seeks Union … (Page 5)
Called and Chosen … (Page 5)

CALLED TO A PERSONAL VOCATION … (Page 6)

The Rich Young Man. (Mt 19, 16-30 … (Page 6)
The Gerasene Demoniac (Mk 5, 1-20, Lk 8, 26-29) … (Page 6)
The Call of Zacchaeus (Lk. 19, 5-7) … (Page 7)

CALLED TO PERFECTION … (PAGE 7)

CALLED TO BRING OTHERS TO GOD … (Page 8)

CALLED TO TOTAL AVAILABILITY … (Page 8)

THE SPECIFIC FRANCISCAN VOCATION … (Page 9)

CALLED TO A FRANCISCAN LIFE STYLE … (Page 10)

Discernment … (Page 10)
Called to The Secular Franciscan Order? … (Page 11)
Obligations of Secular Franciscans To The Fraternity … (Page 12)

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: … (Page 13)

QUOTES FROM SCRIPTURE AND FRANCIS … (Page 14)

PRAYER SERVICE … (Page 5)

JOURNAL AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS … (Page 17)

 

OUR IDENTITY AS A SECULAR FRANCISCAN

INTRODUCTION … (Page 3)

SECULAR FRANCISCAN IDENTITY IN BROAD STROKES … (Page 3)

SECULAR FRANCISCAN IDENTITY IN MORE PRECISE STROKES … (Page 5)

I. The Secular Dimension … (Page 5)

Secularity is Good … (Page 5)
Sacred or Secular? … (Page 6)
Secularity is Necessary … (Page 6)

II. The Franciscan Dimension … (Page 7)

Conversion in the Rule of 1978 and the Earlier Exhorta on … (Page 11)
Continual Conversion and Identity … (Page 12)
Franciscan Identity Expanded … (Page 12)

III The Significance of Being an Order … (Page 13)

What Constitutes an Order? … (Page 14)
A Backward Glance at Our Recent History … (Page 15)
The SFO—An Integral Part of the Catholic Church … (Page 17)

From a Category to an Order … (Page 17)

Conclusion: … (Page 19)

PRAYER SERVICE … (Page 21)

 

THE NATURE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER

NATURE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER … (Page 3)

AN ORDER? … (Page 4)

The Franciscan Family … (Page 5)
Francis and the Franciscan Trilogy … (Page 6)
Nature of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) … (Page 8)

THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (IN THE CHURCH AND CANON LAW) … (Page 9)

Structure and Governance … (Page 13)
APPENDIX 1 – PUBLIC ASSOCIATIONS IN THE CHURCH VS SFO … (Page 5)
APPENDIX 2 – STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER … (Page 18)

 

THE VOCATION, CHARISM AND MISSION OF SECULAR FRANCISCANS

FOREWORD TO VOCATION, CHARISM AND MISSION OF SECULAR FRANCISCANS … (Page 3)

OVERVIEW … (Page 4)

Vocation … (Page 4)
Charism … (Page 4)
Mission … (Page 4)

THE VOCATION … (Page 5)

The Rich Young Man (Mt 19:16-26) … (Page 6)
The Gerasene demoniac (Mk 5:1-20) and (Lk 8:26-39) … (Page 6)

THE SPECIFIC FRANCISCAN VOCATION … (Page 7)

CHARISM … (Page 9)

Charism of the Founder … (Page 11)
Charism of the Institute or of the Members of an Institute … (Page 11)
Charism of Francis and of His Family … (Page 12)
Deepening Our Understanding of the Franciscan Vocation … (Page 15)

MISSION … (Page 17)

APPENDIX 1 – BASIC SIGMA AND ABBREVIATIONS … (Page 19)

 

FRANCISCAN MOVEMENT

FRANCISCAN MOVEMENT ONE: THE JOURNEY OF FRANCIS … (Page 3)

Prerequisites: … (Page 3)
Setting: … (Page 4)
Procedure (Lesson Plan): … (Page 4)
Closing Prayer Service … (Page 5)

ASSIGNMENT FOR FRANCISCAN MOVEMENT TWO: YOUR OWN JOURNEY … (Page 6)

Your own “Lifeline” … (Page 6)
Questions for Reflec on, Journaling and Sharing your Lifeline … (Page 7)

FRANCISCAN MOVEMENT TWO: YOUR OWN JOURNEY … (Page 8)

Purpose: … (Page 8)
Prerequisites: … (Page 8)
Setting: … (Page 9)
Procedure (Lesson Plan): … (Page 9)
Questions for Reflection, Journaling and Sharing your Lifeline … (Page 10)
Closing Prayer … (Page 10)

 

THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER

PROLOGUE … (Page 2)

SESSION 1: GOD TURNS TO US … (Page 5)

Opening: … (Page 5)

Introduction … (Page 7)

Our Focus: … (Page 9)

Envisioning how GOD turns to US in the SFO Rule … (Page 10)

Recap … (Page 15)
Examen … (Page 16)
Emmaus Walk (Optional) … (Page 17)

SESSION 2 WE TURN TO GOD … (Page 18)

Opening: Gasping for God … (Page 18)

Introduction … (Page 18)

Here begins the reflec on of the poor man in the desert … (Page 19)

Our Focus: … (Page 21)

Envisioning how WE turn to GOD in the SFO Rule … (Page 22)

Recap … (Page 26)
Examen … (Page 27)

SESSION 3 WE TURN TO OTHERS … (Page 28)

Opening: There Are Two Seas … (Page 28)

Introduction … (Page 29)

Our Focus: … (Page 31)

Envisioning how We Turn to Others in the SFO Rule … (Page 33)

Recap … (Page 44)

Examen … (Page 44)

Closure … (Page 45)

 

JUSTICE, PEACE AND THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION

JPIC SESSION 1 … (Page 3)

Objectives: … (Page 3)

Prologue … (Page 3)

Introduction … (Page 3)

Seven themes of the social teachings: From USCCB … (Page 7)

Page Life and dignity of the human person … (Page 7)
Page Call to family, community, and participation … (Page 7)
Page Rights and responsibilities … (Page 7)
Page Op on for the poor and vulnerable … (Page 8)
Page Dignity and rights of workers … (Page 8)
Page Solidarity … (Page 9)
Page Care for God’s creation … (Page 9)

Being and Doing: … (Page 10)

Article 7 – The Seventh Commandment You shall not steal.[185] … (Page 11)

Respect for the integrity of creation … (Page 12)

In Terms of the Rule … (Page 12)

Two-fold Approach … (Page 14)

Pause to Reflect … (Page 15)

MISSION STATEMENT FOR JPIC … (Page 15)

GOALS OF JPIC … (PAGE 15)

Being and Doing … (Page 16)
Suggested Reading … (Page 17)

JPIC SESSION 2 … (Page 18)

Objectives: … (Page 18)

Living the Rule of the SFO … (Page 18)

Review of the Articles of the Rule … (Page 19)

Special Assistance I … (Page 25)

Praying with Eyes Open: … (Page 25)

Special Assistance II … (Page 26)

Theological Reflection … (Page 26)

 

ST. FRANCIS AND HIS APPROACH TO DIVINITY

PART 1 A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD … (Page 3)

Spirituality … (Page 3)
Francis, Trinitarian Man … (Page 4)
The Theology of Francis … (Page 5)
The Primacy of the Father … (Page 6)

The Christology of Francis … (Page 8)

Discussion: … (Page 11)

PART 2 FUNDAMENTALS OF FRANCISCAN THEOLOGY … (Page 12)

The God Who Reveals Himself … (Page 12)

Discussion: … (Page 16)

 

UNDERSTANDING FRANCISCAN THEOLOGY, TRADITION AND SPIRITUALITY

PART 1 – UNDERSTANDING FRANCISCAN THEOLOGY, TRADITION AND SPIRITUALITY … (Page 3)

Franciscan Tradition (an alternate theology) … (Page 7)
Francis of Assisi – vernacular theologian … (Page 8)
St. Bonaventure … (Page 10)
Summary and Conclusions: Franciscan Spirituality in Seven Steps … (Page 16)

PART 2 – ST CLARE OF ASSISI AND HER GIFT TO THE FRANCISCAN FAMILY … (Page 18)

Lectio Divina compared to Clare’s Mirror of Eternity (a Franciscan lectio) … (Page 18)
Poverty and Humility – Doors to Transformation … (Page 19)
Transformation … (Page 20)
The Mirror of Eternity: reflection questions … (Page 20)
Clare’s gift – the Transforming Tool, the Mirror of Eternity, the Cross … (Page 22)

LECTIO DIVINA AND FRANCISCAN LECTIO … (Page 22)

Lectio Divina compared to Clare’s Mirror of Perfec on … (Page 23)

MIRROR OF ETERNITY MEDITATIVE PRAYER OF GAZING … (Page 24)

VISUAL MEDITATION … (Page 26)

 

PROFESSION AND THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN

I PROFESSION – A GIFT OF THE SPIRIT … (Page 3)

1) The Grace of Profession … (Page 4)
2) Profession: An Action of the Church … (Page 5)
3) Profession and Fraternity … (Page 5)
4) Ministries in the Celebration of Profession … (Page 6)
5) The Gift of the Spirit in the Celebration of Profession … (Page 8)
6) Profession and the Eucharist … (Page 9)
7) Baptism and Profession … (Page 9)
8) Relationship with the Church … (Page 10)
9) Witnesses and Instruments of the Church’s Mission … (Page 11)

II THE COMMITMENT OF PROFESSION … (Page 11)

10) Consecration … (Page 11)
11) The Value of Profession in the SFO … (Page 12)
12) After the Manner of St. Francis … (Page 12)
13) Gospel Life for Discipleship or “Following Christ” … (Page 13)
14) Christ, Center of Life … (Page 14)
15) The Original Penitential Identity … (Page 14)
16) Secularity … (Page 15)

POINTS FOR REFLECTION … (Page 16)

 

PENITENCE AND CONVERSION

PENITENCE – CONVERSION … (Page 3)

Spirituality of Conversion … (Page 3)
The Personal Biography … (Page 4)
Conversion and Sacrament … (Page 5)

CONVERSION IN THEOLOGY TODAY … (Page 9)

The Order of Penitence in History … (Page 10)

THE TIME OF FRANCIS … (Page 13)

APPENDIX 1 – THE PROLOGUE TO THE RULE … (Page 16)

Concerning Those Who Do Penance … (Page 16)
Concerning Those Who Do Not Do Penance … (Page 17)

 

FRATERNITY AND FRANCIS

FRATERNITY AND FRANCIS – OUTLINE AND KEY CONCEPTS … (Page 4)

“FRATERNITY AND FRANCIS” … (Page 5)

IN FOLLOWING THE FRANCISCAN WAY … (Page 5)

REFLECTION – DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR PART 1 … (Page 8)

FRATERNITY AS A FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENT … (Page 9)

Introduction … (Page 9)

1. Franciscan Heritage … (Page 9

2. Fraternity model of Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of Jesus Christ … (Page 11)

3. Life in Fraternity … (Page 13)

a. Fraternity of Love … (Page 14)
b. Fraternity the lived experience of togetherness, unity of mutual love … (Page 15)
c. Fraternity as Sacrament of Gospel Living … (Page 16)
d. Components of Life in Fraternity … (Page 17)
e. Fraternal Service … (Page 17)

4. Fraternity a Place of Conversion … (Page 18)

5. The Eucharist, the center of life in Fraternity … (Page 19)

6. The Challenges of Fraternal Life … (Page 19)

CONCLUSION … (Page 21)

REFLECTION QUESTIONS – PART 2 … (Page 22)

 

FRANCIS AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

FRANCIS AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY … (Page 3)

The Role of the Blessed Virgin in the Plan of Salva on: … (Page 3)
The Role of Mary for Franciscans: … (Page 5 of 16)
Our Franciscan Heritage: … (Page 8)
Franciscan Reverence and Devotions: … (Page 9)
Franciscan Doctors, Philosophers and Theologians: … (Page 12)

FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY: … (Page 12)

Mother of the Franciscan Order: … (Page 13)

REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: … (Page 15)

RESOURCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY … (Page 16)

 

ST. CLARE OF ASSISI

LESSON OUTLINE – ST. CLARE OF ASSISI … (Page 2)

ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE STUDY OF ST. CLARE … (Page 4)

MEDIEVAL SOCIETY AND A WOMAN’S PLACE … (Page 5)

CLARE OF ASSISI … (Page 6)

THE RULE OF LIFE OF ST. CLARE AND THE PRIVILEGE OF POVERTY … (Page 9)

Francis’ Formula Vitae: … (Page 9)
The Privilege of Poverty: … (Page 10)
Hugolino’s Rule: … (Page 10)
Dispensa on from the Privilege of Poverty: … (Page 11)
Innocent IV’s Rule: … (Page 11)
St. Clare’s Rule of Life: … (Page 12)

SPIRITUALITY OF ST. CLARE … (Page 13)

CLARE’S CONTEMPLATIVE APPROACH TO PRAYER: … (Page 13)

The Mirror of the Cross: … (Page 15)
Mystical Marriage/Spiritual Motherhood: … (Page 16)
Holy Unity: … (Page 16)

THE POOR CLARES TODAY AND THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER … (Page 17)

SAMPLE REFLECTION QUESTIONS: … (Page 18)

ENDING PRAYER RITUAL … (Page 19)

BLESSING ATTRIBUTED TO ST. CLARE* … (Page 20)

CLARE OF ASSISI: THE IMPORTANT EVENTS OF HER LIFE … (Page 21)

BIBLIOGRAPHY: … (Page 23)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: … (Page 24)

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SFO AND ITS RULES

OVERVIEW … (Page 4)

PENITENTIAL MOVEMENT – PRE FRANCIS … (Page 4)

FRANCIS OF ASSISI … (Page 7)

FRANCIS’ CONVERSION PROCESS … (Page 9)

Francis’ “Master or Servant” Dream in Spoleto … (Page 9)
Pilgrimage to Rome – Changing Clothes with a Beggar … (Page 10)
Embracing the Leper … (Page 10 of 34 San Damiano – Giving Money to Priest … (Page 10)
Scene Before Mayor and Bishop Rejecting Money and Clothing … (Page 11)
Francis Is Called to Rebuild San Damiano … (Page 11)

FRANCIS’ APPROVAL BY INNOCENT III … (Page 12)

FRANCIS’ EXHORTATION TO HIS FOLLOWERS AND THE RULE OF 1221 … (Page 13)

Recensio Prior – Earlier Version of the Le er to All the Faithful … (Page 13)
Letter to All the Faithful (Second Letter) … (Page 14)
Memoriale Proposi … (Page 14 Frances and His Followers Living the Rule … (Page 16)

1228 – 1289 … (Page 17)

THE RULE OF NICHOLAS IV … (Page 18)

THE RULE OF LEO XIII … (Page 19)

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESSES … (Page 20)

DECLARATIONS OF POPES SUCCEEDING LEO XIII … (Page 21)

THE PAULINE RULE OF 1978 … (Page 23)

THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION … (Page 26)

THE LOCAL FRATERNITY AND FORMATION … (Page 26)

THE HISTORY OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER IN THE UNITED STATES … (Page 27)

The Formation of a National Organization … (Page 27)

Organizational Structure … (Page 28)

Emergence of Lay Leadership … (Page 29)

Regionalization … (Page 29)

Publications and Programs Promoted by the Secular Franciscan Order … (Page 30)

Franciscan Herald … (Page 30)
National Newsletter … (Page 31)
Catholic Action … (Page 31)
Youth … (Page 31)
Thee Point Economic Program … (Page 32)
Modesty Campaign and Sanctification of the Sunday … (Page 32)
Hour of St. Francis … (Page 32)
Peace Award and Achievement Award … (Page 32)
Retirement Homes and Shelters … (Page 32)
Action for Interracial Understanding … (Page 33)
Ecumenism … (Page 33)
Apostolic Commissions … (Page 33)
Multicultural Sensitivity … (Page 33)
Franciscan Action Network (FAN) … (Page 33)
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation … (Page 34)

EPILOGUE … (Page 34)

 
 




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